News ID: 321484
Published: 0309 GMT May 09, 2022

Raeisi: Iran, Poland ‘diverse capacities’ help boost ties

Raeisi: Iran, Poland ‘diverse capacities’ help boost ties
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi (R) meets with visiting Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau (L) in Tehran on May 8, 2022.

International Desk

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said Tehran and Warsaw possess diverse capacities for developing all-out relations.

Raeisi made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau in Tehran on Sunday night, saying the two countries have numerous industrial and trade capabilities, according to

Praising Poland’s appreciation of Iran’s support for the European state’s refugees during the Second World War, he noted that the history of relations between the two countries, as well as their rich civilizations, can serve as an appropriate context for the promotion of scientific and cultural interactions.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the current level of bilateral economic and trade relations, Raeisi said it fails to be proportionate to that of the countries’ political ties.

He called for the two sides to use their diverse industrial and trade capabilities to increase interactions.

Turning to Ukraine’s crisis, Raeisi voiced Iran’s vehement opposition to war and conflict, as well as the expansionist policies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The Polish foreign minister said bilateral relations with Iran date back to the 16th century, noting that the two countries have had friendly ties for close to five centuries.

He described as one of the most memorable climaxes in bilateral relations, the hospitality Iranians provided Polish refugees during the Second World War.

Commenting on the two nations’ numerous commonalities, Rau said the Iranian and Polish peoples have always resisted foreign interference by major powers in their countries’ internal affairs.

He also described as unfavorable the level of economic and trade relations, voicing his country’s willingness to enhance cooperation with Iran in the fields of trade, economy, culture and science.

Earlier on Sunday, Rau met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who stressed during the meeting that negotiations between Russia and Ukraine should lead to the end of the ongoing conflict and the declaration of a cease-fire as soon as possible.

He added Iran is against the conflict in Ukraine, as much as it is opposed to the conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, according to ISNA.

The Islamic Republic maintains that there is a political solution to the Ukraine crisis, he stressed.

Amir-Abdollahian said he has, so far, held three phone conversations with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, discussing the present crisis, adding that in his two meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, he has conveyed Kuleba’s proposals for declaring a truce and holding political negotiations between the two countries.

“We will continue our efforts to resolve the crisis and hope to witness ensured peace and security in different parts of the world.”

Rau said that Ukraine is an independent country and, according to international law, has the right to defend its soil.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a military campaign in Ukraine over concerns about destabilizing activities close to Russia’s borders by NATO.

Although the Islamic Republic is on the same page with Russia over NATO’s provocative activities in the region, it has repeatedly stated that conflict is not a solution to the crisis.


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